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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Braves Beat Cincinnati For 11th Straight Time

ATLANTA -- Fred McGriff hit his 300th career homer and John Smoltz became the first nine-game winner in the majors, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Cincinnati Reds 9-5.


Marquis Grissom led off Sunday's game with a home run, as the Braves beat the Reds for the 11th straight time, including a four-game sweep in last year's NL playoffs. Atlanta has won 12 of 14 overall, while Cincinnati has lost five in a row.


McGriff went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. He became the 71st player to reach 300 home runs.


Smoltz (9-1) allowed just two hits in seven innings and retired his last 11 batters. Mark Wohlers got the last out for his eighth save.


Pete Schourek (4-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.


Rockies 10, Cardinals 3. In Denver, Ellis Burks homered in his third straight game and Mark Thompson (3-3) pitched a seven-hitter as the Rockies won their fourth straight.


Andy Benes (1-7) lost his seventh consecutive start, allowing six runs in six innings. His ERA rose to 5.92. With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth, the Rockies scored four runs off Benes.


Astros 4, Pirates 3. In Houston, Jeff Bagwell hit a two-out, two-run single off Jon Lieber (4-2), capping a seesaw ninth.


Pittsburgh overcame a 2-0 deficit in the ninth on Orlando Merced's RBI single of Donne Wall and Mark Johnson's two-run double off Todd Jones (4-1).


Giants 1, Mets 0. In San Francisco, Allen Watson pitched three-hit ball for eight innings. Watson (5-3) and Rod Beck combined on a four-hitter.


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